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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 17, 2010 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: an early-80s era request

you've inspired me to join you on this quest for early 80's eyes. i really like the sound of the band in march '81 so i looked for the first eyes and found this: http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-13.nak700.wagner.miller.90455.sbeok.flac16

shakedown has a few rough moments but after that this show just takes off. very good playing and singing. i find myself surprised at how much more coherent the band is in '81 even though i love later years as well. the only downside to the late 70's, early 80's is that Phils bass is very low. his 6 string sound starting in '83 is so much clearer and punchier....

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 17, 2010 3:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: an early-80s era request

I agree. I don't know if it's the mix or the recordings I've heard or what, or if he just got revitalized by the new bass, but he does seem more prominent in '83 IMO.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 17, 2010 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: an early-80s era request

I'm pretty sure the bass was a catalyst for Phil to become more active and the tonal capabilities allowed him to shine through in the mix. The combination of Phil's new bass and the Help > Slip revival alone makes many '83 shows a very enjoyable listen.